HKIA on track for record year
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Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA) experienced declining passenger traffic and flight movements in November 2016, as the transition to a new air traffic management system impacted its operations. But the airport is still on track for a record year.
The number of passengers handled by the airport dropped 3.5% to 5.4 million, while take-offs and landings declined 4.1% to 32,590. This follows the declines experienced in October, caused by a typhoon, but HKIA is still on track to end the 2016 with a new record full-year passenger total.
“We expect to see a travel peak at HKIA for the upcoming Christmas and New Year holidays, with around 110 additional flights arranged during the period to meet the surge in travel demand,” CK Ng, executive director of airport operations at Hong Kong’s Airport Authority.
“The most popular destinations for additional flights are Taipei, Sapporo and Taichung. We are working closely with business partners and the airport community to ensure smooth operations during the festive period.”
In the first 11 months of 2016, HKIA welcomed a total of 64.4m passengers and witnessed 375,870 flight movements, marking year-on-year growth of 3.0% and 1.4% respectively. With the planned increase in festive traffic, HKIA could exceed the 70m-passenger mark for the first time in 2016. The airport’s previous record was 68.5m passengers, set in 2015.